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Charalabos Pothoulakis, MD

  • November 8, 2023
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Professor, UCLA
Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology


675 Charles E. Young Drive South
Room 1240 MRL
Los Angeles CA 90095

Work Phone: 310-825-9104
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Website: Gastro UCLA


Director: Basic Research, UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Chief for Research Integration
Associate Chief for Training and Education
Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Eli and Edythe Broad Chair in Medicine

Dr. Pothoulakis’ research program is primarily focused on the role of neuropeptides and hormones in several disease states, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Clostridium difficile infection, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. His recent projects also involve the neuropeptide-dependent mechanisms by which communication between the intestinal mucosa and the fat depots affect the pathogenesis of intestinal inflammation. In 2005 Dr. Pothoulakis received a honorary degree from Harvard University and he is the recipient of the “Janssen Award in Basic Research in Gastrointestinal Motility” by the American Gastroenterological Association for his discoveries and insights into the function of gastrointestinal neuropeptides. Dr. Pothoulakis’ research projects have been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Broad Foundation, The Martin Blinder Foundation for Crohn’s Disease, and the Knapp Foundation.